In the 1990s, Jordan Belfort went to prison for defrauding investors in a penny-stock, boiler-room scam. He wrote a juicy and shameless memoir about his experience: The Wolf of Wall Street. And unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re already aware that Martin Scorsese adapted Belfort’s tale of intrigue and fraud for a biopic of the same name, which hits theaters on December 25. Website THR caught up with the filmmaker, stars Leonardo DiCaprio (who plays Belfort) and Jonah Hill, and screenwriter Terence Winter to discuss the upcoming film.
THR’s Stephen Galloway (who looks and sounds like a young Jeremy Irons, whoa) led the interviews. “I’ve never read an account of anything more embarrassing in my life… It was like a modern-day Caligula,” DiCaprio said of Belfort’s book. We learn that the movie took almost a decade to make and that DiCaprio — Scorsese’s late-career muse — won the role over Brad Pitt (as if). Hill discusses what it was like joining the holy trinity of talent (Winter has worked on Scorsese’s Boardwalk Empire since it began), and DiCaprio waxes poetic about meeting Scorsese for the first time. “I didn’t quite understand what a professor of film he is,” the actor states.
The rapport between all four is great to watch in this near-30-minute clip, so take your lunch or dinner break with the astounding talent behind The Wolf of Wall Street, and be sure to visit us on Twitter to share your thoughts on the film after opening day.
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